Sponsorship criteria

As a foundation and a sponsor, we always welcome new project ideas. The prerequisite for consideration is that these ideas align with the funding priorities of Umweltstiftung Greenpeace and meet our formal sponsorship criteria. Therefore, please carefully evaluate whether your project meets our criteria before reaching out to us with your idea.

Picture © Helga Zinnecker

Funding priorities

Umweltstiftung Greenpeace supports initiatives and activities focused on nature conservation, environmental protection, and peace work. We choose projects based primarily on how well they align with our purpose and our five funding priorities:

  • Peace work and research
  • Forest and habitat protection
  • Ocean protection
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate and environmental technologies


Formal criteria

Umweltstiftung Greenpeace exclusively supports projects conducted by recognized non-profit entities, such as registered associations, foundations, public bodies, and other nonprofits. Sponsorship for entities based abroad is possible only if they meet all requirements of German non-profit law.

Your project should also be feasible and well planned. We place great importance on a strategic and goal-oriented approach, prioritizing projects with a long-term impact. To ensure the sustainability of our sponsorship, your proposal should inform us how your project will have a lasting impact well beyond the duration of our support.


Step-by-step guide

Picture © Marcus Meyer / Greenpeace

Projects, causes and activities not supported by Umweltstiftung Greenpeace

Please also check whether your project is among those we are unable to support:

  • Humanitarian aid projects
  • Permanent institutional support for organizations
  • Commercial projects, business or corporate projects, product development
  • Artistic works (for example, books, films, artworks, music, plays). Note: These will be supported only if they form part of the proposed environmental protection project.
  • Individual measures for environmental education and training for children and young people (for example, day-care and school field trips, nature days, teaching resources)
  • Stipends and individual case funding (for example, educational costs and travel expenses, research grants)
  • Personal hardship assistance